Proverbial Pruning –

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” – Author Unknown

It’s true. The more troubles we have, the more experienced we become. In the same way, the Lord knows that if we are to grow spiritually, we’ll need to experience some proverbial pruning.

A common example given for this is a farmer planting trees. As he plants the saplings, it may seem logical to stake them down snugly to prevent them from bending in strong winds. However, an intelligent farmer will leave a little slack in those lines, knowing that the tree will grow stronger as it faces the heavy gusts. In the end, the more that the wind blows, the stronger that tree will become.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:6-11

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-Rachel Allison


  1. Pam says:

    A beautiful post, and so very true. I have grown the most through the trials my family has experienced the past several years. The pruning hurts, but it does its work. Thanks for posting this.

    • Thank you, Pam! I’m glad to know this encouraged you πŸ™‚ To me, the best part is when I finally realize the purpose behind a specific trial and then suddenly it all seems worth it! πŸ™‚

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